Sarah Harvey… Tim Anderson was a well-known local personality who sadly passed away during August after a very short illness. He loved his music and could be seen attending many live local music events. Many will know him from his amazing work stage managing alongside Pete Prescott at Beatles Day. This is an afternoon serving as a musical tribute and celebration of Tim’s life. His wish was that all proceeds should go to St.Michael’ Hospice and we have three amazing acts for you, ‘Stormy-T and Bluesman’s Lane’, ‘Four Teas And A Sugar’, and Pete Prescott. This will take place upstairs at Rocksalt in Hastings and entry is by a suggested donation of £5, but please donate whatever you can afford. Hope you can come and enjoy with us what will be an amazing celebration for Tim. We are sure that he will be watching from wherever he is.
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Sarah Harvey… I have just acquired this model, probably more for nostalgia and the fact that I caught a lot of local buses like this when I was a kid. The Leyland Atlantean / Metro Cammell in Maidstone & District livery and displaying the Service No. 151. It was introduced in Hastings in 1961. The 151, alongside the 133 was one of the mainstay bus routes serving Hastings. I have also attached a page from the 1964 bus timetable. Not sure the 31 minutes end to end timings could be maintained nowadays Their rough equivalents to day are the 20 and 22 respectively. If you have lived in Hastings much of your life, did you ever catch one of these?
Peter Fairless… That’s brilliant, Sarah
Martin Richter… the 133 – a ha’penny from Bohemia to the town as a nipper (but usually free!)
Geoff Peckham… Being a Bexhillian I rode the 156 or the 157 to and from school from Glyne Gap. My Nan lived in Turkey Rd where they turned round, so I used them to get there, and of course for trips to Hastings or the College. Well found, Sarah. x
Colin Bell… Oh yes, some fond memories here Sarah x
Tony Court-holmes… i loved Fremlins bitter
Paul Phillips… 151 was that the downs farm bus ..i lived Churchill Avenue 133 route and 157
Andy Gunton… Strangest train I’ve ever seen
Sarah Harvey… Oooo train-spotters / bus spotters, all part of the same family of species
Patrick Lewis… 151 and 133 frequently-our life line to downtown Hastings and St Leonard’s.
Sid Saunders… This was the first bus I drove in service at the start of my 34 years in Hastings in 1972.
Marcus de Mowbray… Many journeys between Sevenoaks and Maidstone on those!
Jim Breeds… The 133 from/to King’s Head near to where I lived was my mainstay, but the 151 was a reasonable substitute if I didn’t mind the walk from Down Farm estate to home.
Nigel Sherwood… Used to get 133 from the gas showrooms up to school at Elphinstone
Roger Carey… Living on the Ridge /edge of town, the main bus for us was the 155 circular route- for school and town trips. Remember seeing 133s on trips to Silverhill where my school mate Philip Till lived. Also the 76 which went down the (to me, then) incredibly long St Helen’s Road. In my very young years I thought the song “76 trombones” was about that bus and road!
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Sarah Harvey… This day August 23rd, 1975. The Arrows at Hastings Pier. Also take a look at next week….Joe Loss and his Orchestra….not to mention the wrestling legend Mick McManus.
Mick O’Dowd… Worked on this one. The Arrows were a real nice wholesome bunch of americans & a pleasure to meet.
Mark Randall… I have a feeling that the Randall tribe, led by ol’ Ma Randall were at the wrestling match
Alan Esdaile… Above is the promo photo I still got, when we worked with the band. They also had the original hit with I love rock n roll which went on to be a bigger hit for Joan Jett.
Mark Randall… I recall their 4:25 pm TV show
Peter Fairless… They loved rock’n’roll, you know?
Alan Esdaile… Everyone thinks that Joan Jett’s version was the original Peter but this came out a few years earlier and I’m sure Arrows wrote it.
Peter Fairless… Yes, Alan, it was written by Arrows bandmates, Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker, originally as a ‘B’ side but, as so often in those days, it got flipped. They had two big hits, the other was ‘Touch Too Much’, Although they were on RAK, I always thought they were a serious act.
Jon Martin… I was there then
Liz Turner… So was i
Julie Morris… Me too!
Jo Turner… Yup I was with Liz Turner
Liz Turner… Why on earth did I fancy them!!
Julie Morris… Lead singer was very pretty Liz! Just looked up – the other two are dead!
Andy Qunta… Actually I’m more impressed with the wrestling bill! (No offence to the Arrows of course!)
Alan Esdaile… Perhaps Smokie cancelled as they were not happy with their name being spelt wrong.
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Sarah Harvey… Spooky Tooth formed in October 1967 and played on the pier on July 6th, 1968. 1969’s Spooky Two LP was the last album release by the original lineup. It included the song “Better By You, Better Than Me”, which was covered by Judas Priest on their 1978 release Stained Class. Many different line-ups for Spooky Tooth but after the original lin-up split in 1970, the band reformed in September 1972 with a different line-up. The best known member of these line-ups (from March 1973 to September 1974) was Mick Jones (guitar / vocals), later in Foreigner. Also from February — May 1974, Mike Patto (vocals) who replaced Harrison for the 1974 release The Mirror. The group then split again in November 1974.
Alan Esdaile… I remember Die Laughing doing a great version of Better By You Better Than Me.
Mick O’Dowd… I’ve only just caught up with them i’m afraid to say. Their version of “I Am The Walrus” is a blaster and being a bit of a “purist” that is saying something.
John Storer… Sarah, you forgot to mention Gary Wright …. he was the principal songwriter, went on to have a worldwide solo hit with “Dream Weaver” and reformed the band in 2004 for a successful tour. He has also been one of the mainstays of Ringo Starr’s backing band
Sarah Harvey… Hey John…..good spot! Sorry for the omission. Will be doing a Spooky compilation on my Hastings Pier Music Show in the early Spring. 🙂
Nigel Ford… And what about Bassist Greg Ridley, ‘ went on to join Humble Pie at the request of Steve Marriott! “Better by Better than me” was also in the set done by Maidstone band Krishna Kudu at the Battle dances.
Robert Searle… Did anyone mention Luther Grosvener,i think thats how you spell his name,on lead guitar. He left to join Mott the Hoople as Ariel Bender..
Bernard Tiltman… I can’t remember Spooky Tooth at Hastings Pier but I can remember them playing Hastings College. I was there from 1965 to 1970 so it could have been anytime between 67-70. Still remember them as one of the best if not the best live bands I have ever seen.
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Dave Weeks… Remember that one. Druid ! 2 albums and then what happened to them?
Alan Esdaile… Anyone confirm the date for Strife?
Dave Weeks… Curved Air and Druid was a great night as I remember.
Tony Court-holmes… Curved Air were good
Pete Houghton… Great memories Strife was great that night And they signed my Poster for me And then there was the great Curved Air I was able to get photos taken with me and Sonja along with Stuart Copeland and the rest of the band and they signed my Album for me
Sarah Harvey… A brief history of Samisen. Thank you Peter Thomson for providing this rare recording playing live during the 1970s. This is a video featuring local Hastings band Samisen who played in the area during the latter part of the 1970s. It tells of a brief history behind the band and includes a rare recording of them playing live. The venue of the recording is unknown as is the line-up of the recording but it is thought to be, Graham Barratt on vocals, Dave Shirley on lead guitar, Bernard Jeffery on drums and Steve Turner on bass.
Alan Esdaile… Well done Sarah, great information. The last comment made my smile, about some of us have changed over the years.
Pete Thomson…. Further to Sarah’s video accompanied by Hard Monkeys, I can confirm that the track was recorded by me on a tin-pot, little, one-track machine during a practice session at Ore Centre. I have also been in touch with Steve Turner who confirms he was the bassist at the time.
Dave Nattress… This is a wonderful little video history. Although I was vocalist in the last line-up of Samisen for a couple of years or so, I actually never knew the history of the band – thinking, when I saw Samisen a few times before I joined, they were Hastings home-grown – but not so! Even when I was in Damaris, Samisen,along with Stallion of course was a local band to look up to and after the demise of Damaris, I was delighted to audition for Samisen after Graham Barrett (RIP) left I was delighted to get the gig. I remember all the guys well, although regretably I’ve lost touch but truly hope some of us can meet up soon. I remember all the gigs well – albeit 35 years ago!! Once we (almost) had a Summer tour – 4 gigs in about 10 days. Rehearsals at Ore Centre and at Dave Kent’s parents’ shop in Kings Road, St Leonards and support to Hat Trick at Ore Centre. Great days, re-lived again thanks to this piece of history. All power to this website, Alan Esdaile, Peter Thompson and my old friend, Sarah Harvey.
Sarah Harvey… Well I am trying (thus far in vain) to organise a reunion gig which would if nothing else be great fun. So if any of the many past Samisen members want to have a go….you know where I am! If I don’t hear from you then just remember I am a great nag-bag nowadays! 🙂
Wendy Weaver… Great video Sarah, ‘specially the last bit 😉 x
Conan Howard… I am the founder member of SAMISEN I formed this band in the early 70s , LEN BASS guitar .
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I make no secret of the fact that I like nothing about bonfire and firework season and when the chance to go and see some legendary space-rockers in my home town of Hastings on November 5th presented itself, it was the ideal escape.This particular concert at The Carlisle had been advertised months before in many national prog rock forums and gig guides although having seen no real advertising locally for it up two weeks before I started to wonder if it was actually going to happen. I personally only noticed a poster appearing about 10 days beforehand and this lack of publicity probably goes some way to explaining an attendance lower than I expected.
For those who are not aware of the history of the Hawklords, they were originally active between 1978 and 1979 and were formed of members of Hawkwind, who were inactive during that period, namely Robert Calvert on vocals, Dave Brock on guitar and Simon King on drums. They were joined by Harvey Bainbridge on bass and Martin Griffin on drums who were both from a local Devon group named Ark. The band was completed by the addition of former Pilot keyboardist Steve Swindells. In 1978, the band released their first full studio album 25 Years On and as far as I am aware, the band last appeared in Hastings on 25 November 1978 as part of their 42 date UK tour in October and November of that year. In 2008 a new Hawklords formed around bass player Harvey Bainbridge and ex-Hawkwind vocalist Ron Tree, who were joined by drummer Dave Pearce (ex-Bevis Frond), guitarist and keyboard player Jerry Richards, and bassist Tom Ashurst. Apart from Ron Tree who had mysteriously gone absent before the start of the tour, this was the line-up the appeared at The Carlisle.
The set began with a piece called ‘Out Of Phase’. Having seen Hawkwind earlier in the year at Folkestone, I could have been forgiven for thinking this was Part Two of that concert because this was Space Rock in its purest form. If you asked me to define Space Rock I am not sure I could do it… apart from its spaceship like electronic noises acting as a backdrop… it is just one of those rock genres that you just know it when you hear it. Jerry Richards supplied the wonderful driving guitar chords and licks in typical space-rock fashion and was more than capable of providing the band’s lead vocals. As frontman for the band he also provided some humorous wit throughout his introductions. Bassist Tom Ashurst looks the youngest member of the band, and along with drummer Dave Pearce they supplied the gritty strength that the music demanded from its backing. Harvey Bainbridge looked like the mad professor at his keyboards and his witty vocal accompaniment to ‘Whisperer’s Downfall’, a track from their latest album, rather reinforced this for me. Indeed, having whispered to my friend Chrissy Brand standing next to me regarding my observations during the song, I became the subject of Harvey’s vocals…..’Look, she’s whispering’. It was like being caught in the act by teacher! Rather interestingly throughout the gig, I became aware of a number of recognisable musicians around me and it seems that Hastings has somewhat become a bit of a magnet in music terms. Members of Bevis Frond, Liam Glenocky (Steeleye Span) and Adrian (Ade) Shaw (ex- Hawkwind, Country Joe McDonald, Arthur Brown, and the Deviants.) took their place in the audience alongside me. The members of Bevis Frond were clearly there in support of their ex-drummer Dave Pearce, and towards the end of the set Adrian Shaw made an appearance on bass during ‘Flight’. The set had an interesting mix of older and newer compositions although I only detected ‘Free Fall’ as a remnant from their earliest days and curiously only ‘Ghost In My Machine’, ‘Whisperer’s Downfall’, ‘New Space’ from their most recent release (Hawklords Six). Also included in the set were a few cover versions ‘The Right Stuff’ (Robert Calvert song) and ‘Coded Languages’ (Hawkwind). Tom Mahler’s psychedelic lighting produced the ideal backdrop whilst Joe Rytlewski took charge of the sound, which all resulted in a kaleidoscope of intergalactic audio pleasure.
So all in all, a thoroughly entertaining evening that provided the perfect alternative to rockets of a different, and rather less attractive variety. I had said earlier that I had seen Hawkwind earlier in the year and found it a thoroughly enjoyable concert. To see Hawklords as some sort of poor-man’s Hawkwind would be an insult to them because to my delight I found Hawklords equally enjoyable with an equally enjoyable variety of space rock. Whilst I am no nearer to defining space rock after seeing The Hawklords, I continue to stand by my theory that I will always know it when I hear and see it. I certainly heard and saw it on Guy Fawkes night …. it is alive and kicking and in good hands with The Hawklords. Sarah Harvey – November 2017